// Lidl has called on the British public to find it some new store sites as it pushes ahead with its plan to open 1,100 UK stores by 2025
// Members of the public will receive either 1.5% of the total freehold purchase price or 10% of the first year’s rent for leaseholds for identifying suitable sites
Lidl has called on the British public to identify sites for its new stores and will pay a finder’s fee to anyone that highlights a suitable location.
The fee will either be 1.5% of the total freehold purchase price or 10% of the first year’s rent for leaseholds. This would equate to £22,500 for a completed £1.5m site purchase.
The discounter, which is investing £1.3 billion in expansion across 2021 and 2022, has published a list of desired locations across the UK which includes: Bristol, Derby, Liverpool, London, Manchester, Nottingham, Oxford, Southampton, Swansea, Birmingham, Sheffield, Cambridge and Edinburgh.
Lidl aims to open 1,100 UK stores by the end of 2025. Since the turn of the year the discounter, which last month overtook The Co-op to become the UK’s sixth largest supermarket, has already opened 23 new stores.
Lidl GB chief development officer Richard Taylor said: “We know that the majority of British shoppers still love doing their shopping in person and we are as committed as ever to opening new stores and enhancing our existing ones.
“We’re opening an average of one new store a week, which is incredible, and our teams have done a phenomenal job of keeping that pace going over the last couple of years. But there are still communities up and down the country that are telling us how much they want – and need – a Lidl store.”
“We work with some of the best people in the industry to identify new sites, but we also know how engaged our future and existing customers are and we want to build on this.”
Members of the public are encouraged to check Lidl’s site requirements and contact the discounter’s property team with further details. More information can be found here: www.lidl.co.uk/about-us/property